Bigger isn't always better. Last month, I reviewed the 13- and 15-inch Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 laptops . They're phenomenal for the price. My takeaway at the time: "The king of budget laptops has arrived."
The thing is, Dell also sells a larger 17-inch version of the same laptop -- only it's not nearly as nice.
It's not all bad
I don't mean that Dell's 17-inch 360-degree hybrid is a bad laptop. Not at all.
Starting at $899 (£999, not sold in Australia), this Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 fits a capable backlit keyboard, responsive touchpad and high-quality 1,920 x 1,080 IPS backflipping touchscreen display into an attractive (if uninspired) aluminum body.
That's already an array of features you won't necessarily find on a laptop under $1,000. My favorite feature, an infrared camera that lets you sign into Windows with your face (it really works!) is hard to find on laptops at all.
Now super-size that screen to 17 inches, add a 10-key numpad for work and a discrete Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics chip for (limited) play, and one might think you'd have quite the portable PC.